Virginia Beach Celebrates October as Energy Awareness Month

Friday, October 14, 2016

​To help Virginia Beach save energy and money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. is encouraging the community to celebrate October as Energy Awareness Month, pledging to commit to an energy-saving action plan by taking the Energy Star Pledge. To take this online pledge, visit this link.

"Saving energy can be as easy as changing a light bulb," said Lori Herrick, the city's energy manager. "Residential LEDs use approximately 75 percent less energy, can last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, and the prices have really come down. Businesses and other organizations can also show their commitment to energy efficiency by purchasing and installing LED fixtures and bulbs as well."

Residents are also encouraged to use "MY ENERGY STAR," a webpage on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website. This page gives energy saving ideas and allows people to track all of their energy-saving actions.

In celebration of Energy Awareness Month, the City Energy Office has partnered with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center to provide an awesome learning experience for all ages. Come enjoy a free screening of the nationally acclaimed film "Switch" on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Information will be provided that will help you save energy in your own home. Please arrive by 6 p.m. to ensure that a seat is available. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the energy that many of us take for granted.

"I encourage everyone to take the pledge to reduce energy," Mayor Sessoms said. "Conserving energy is not difficult and it's the right thing to do. 

For more information about Virginia Beach's Energy Management Program, visit or call (757) 385-5630.

To take the Pledge online to save energy, visit:

To use MYENERGYSTAR, visit:

For more information on Dominion's Energy Conservation Programs:

For more information on Virginia Natural Gas's Energy Conservation Programs:

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